The RAE Lightweight Solar Array.
ROYAL AIRCRAFT ESTABLISHMENT FARNBOROUGH (ENGLAND)
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The paper traces the development of the RAE lightweight flexible fold-up solar array, culminating in the recent successful tests on a 280W prototype which have qualified the design for 6 years in geostationary orbit. The array embodies a number of unique features, including 125 micrometers silicon solar cells with wraparound contacts, 100 micrometers ceria-stabilized glass coverslips, cementless mounting of cells on the flexible substrate and deployment by a pneumatically actuated telescopic mast. A small version of the array is to be flown on the British X4 satellite in 1974.
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